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DRAM8037 - Scriptwriting 2

Title:Scriptwriting 2
Long Title:Scriptwriting 2
Module Code:DRAM8037
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Description: An experiential course that builds on the essentials of Scriptwriting 1. Learners are required to write the first treatments of a one act play, short film, or first half of a longer work for relevant media.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 describe and apply conventions for writing in a particular medium
LO2 construct a draft for media
LO3 critique writing constructively
LO4 deliver a treatment for a play or film
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Media Writing Conventions
Scripts for TV, film and theatre have structural conventions that must be followed if a script is to be considered for professional submission. These conventions are analysed and employed in the learner's work
Participate in constructive feedback and support of other learners in development of work. Issues such as readability, accessibiltiy, consistency and character throughlines are discussed
Script Development
Building on the foundation work of Scriptwriting 1, learners will write a script (minimum length 30 page). This can be presented as a one act play, short film or the first act/part of a play or film script
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Continuous Assessment: student delivery of ongoing class assignments 1,2,3 20.0 Every Week
Written Report A scene written for a particular type of medium 1,2 30.0 Week 5
Project Completed Script 1,2,4 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Review elements of storytelling 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Feedback and direction for ongoing work 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Writing Assignments 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Robert McKee 1997, Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, Harper Entertainment [ISBN: 978-0060391683]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • David Trottier 2005, Screenwriter's Bible, Revised fourth edition Ed., Silman-James Press, U.S. Los Angeles, California [ISBN: 1879505843]
  • Sylvia K. Butrack 2008, The Writer's Handbook, Revised Ed., Palgrave Macmillan Hampshire, England [ISBN: 0230573231]
  • Frank Pike, Thomas G. Dunn 1996, The Playwrights Handbook, Revised Ed., Plume New York, NY [ISBN: 0452275881]
  • Marilyn Baker 2017, Write to Shoot: Writing Short Films for Production, Focal Press [ISBN: 1138844632]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 6 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 8 Elective

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